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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Costa: Yoenis Cespedes: Baseball’s Most Improbable Golf Prodigy

Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former left fielder, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac ... It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!

Cespedes, 30, spent the first 25 years of his life in Cuba, an island with only two golf courses. He had virtually no exposure to the sport until early last year, when he tried it at a charity event in Florida. Now, he plays often before night games, smashing monster drives and posting scores that range from the low 70s to the low 80s.

“I’ve witnessed it. I’ve played with him at least three times. His power as far as driving the ball, hitting the ball up, is incredible,” said Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen. “400-yard drives, 250-yard 5-irons, just pure.”

The habit first drew widespread attention last week, when Cespedes was spotted playing a morning round at Medinah Country Club before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series in Chicago. But for Cespedes, the outing was only in keeping with routine. ...

Unlike starting pitchers, who typically have four days off between starts, everyday players are usually too worn down by the grind of a 162-game season to spend much time playing golf. But the Mets don’t merely tolerate Cespedes’s hobby. They encourage it.

“I want him to play golf as much as possible,” Long said. “It tires him out a little bit. Instead of having so much energy, it seems like when he’s just a little bit less amped up and fresh, the better he plays.”

JE (Jason) Posted: October 29, 2015 at 09:31 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, golf, mets, yoenis cespedes

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Politico: Las Vegas Sun owners host Obama

Who says St. Jeter can’t move left?

It’s not the first time Obama and [Las Vegas Sun publisher] Greenspun have hung out. Obama kicked off the fundraiser recalling a trip to Nevada last November when he and Greenspun golfed with former Yankees great Derek Jeter.

“He and Derek Jeter stole money from me at Shadow Creek,” Obama said of Greenspun, referring to the course in North Las Vegas. “It was clearly a set up, because when we got to the practice range, he was shanking balls everywhere. I said, ‘You play golf Derek?’ And he said, ‘I just started two weeks ago.’”

They gave Jeter 30 strokes, Obama said, but he realized that was a mistake as soon as they were on the first hole. Jeter crushed him, he said.

“We had to take a picture of me handing Derek Jeter money at the end of the game. Despite that, Brian is a great friend.”

JE (Jason) Posted: August 26, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, golf, presidents



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